The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation: A World of Black Writers

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Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation

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The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation: A World of Black Writers
CFC #38743

Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright knew the importance of writing our stories -- giving voice to our perspectives and retelling our dreams.

Photo: Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday commemoration, with Howard University alumni and “Barracoon.”

Since 1990 the Hurston/Wright Foundation has created a space to nurture Black writers.

Photo: The 2018 Writers Week Workshop students and instructors
Photo: The 2018 Weekend Writing Workshop students and instructors.
Photo: Author Mitchell S. Jackson and fiction students, Writers Week 2018.

With workshops, public readings, and an awards ceremony, the foundation helps writers produce quality literature, celebrates excellence, and connects readers with writers.

Photo: College student Cheswayo Mphanza accepts his 2017 award for poetry.
Photo: Poets at work during the 2019 Weekend Writing Workshop.
Photo: College student Mia Hoover with Tracy Sherrod, editor of Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers
Photo: Historian Noliwe Rooks signs her book for a fan during 2018 Legacy Awards reading.
• More than 1,000 writers have studied in our workshops.
• 92 college students have been honored, with dozens going on to publish books

Photo: Students take notes during a 2018 craft talk on conducting research.
Photo: Poet Christell Roach accepts 2018 college writing award from presenter Tracy Sherrod.
Photo: 2016 College poetry winner Joy Priest, with novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez.
Photo collage: Books published by college award winners, including Tayari Jones, after they won the Hurston/Wright award.
Photo: JJ Amaworo Wilson, debut fiction winner
Photo: Alondra Nelson, nonfiction finalist, and Sheryll Cashin, presenter

• Over 300 books have been selected as Legacy Award honorees.
• And more than 2,000 readers have attended free events with authors.

Photo: Donika Kelly talks to crowd at the 2017 Legacy Awards reading.
Photo: Peter Kimani signing for Dionne Peart credit Stephanie Williams Images

“I’m really grateful for this organization. I’m grateful for spaces like this, for supporting Black work. And not only that but for creating communities for us as well.”
Cheswayo Mphanza, 2017 College Award Winner for Poetry.

We want to do more. With your help, we can.
Photo: Hurston/Wright Foundation Logo CFC #38743
The Hurston/Wright Foundation – discovering, mentoring, and honoring Black writers